The advanced section of Francophone Identities is making connections with the University of Arizona. The students, who either have done immersion French, speak French at home, or simply want more of a challenge, are ready for college-level French, so teacher Amy Clashman has sought to develop a relationship with the UA Department of French and Italian.
In February, Gregory School students from the Francophone Identities class attended and participated in a University of Arizona French 320 class with Professor Aurelia Mouzet. Our students prepared the reading and participated in discussion of an excerpt from the Cameroonian novel La saison de l'ombre.
Afterwards, students learned details about majoring or minoring in French, and about study abroad from the department's director of undergraduate studies, Anne-Marie Engels-Brooks.
In March, Dr. Mouzet brought two University of Arizona students to do improv theater with our students in French through a program called "Talk it Out!" The class is now looking forward to a May visit on the TGS campus from Denis Provencher, head of the UA Department of French and Italian, who will discuss cultural attitudes about gender identity, his area of expertise, which fits into the final theme of the class.
Our TGS students have enjoyed this relationship with college-level French teachers and students, and have certainly risen to the challenge!
Students in advanced Francophone Identities:
(with occasional participation from John Henry Clashman)
Amy Clashman received her B.A. and her M.A. in French at the University of Arizona. She joined the Languages Department in 1988.
I love teaching at The Gregory School because it allows so much room for creativity. I can tune into how students learn best and adjust my curriculum to that. We provide French classes at many different levels, and classes are small, so we can really respond to students' needs. We also have space in our schedule to work with other French speakers in the Tucson community and beyond. It makes for a fun and creative environment.